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Watch 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' a second time in Xbox One's new Syfy app

Xbox One owners can now experience the pop-culture phenomenon that is the Sharknado series in the Syfy Now app that is now available on the console, Syfy and parent company NBCUniversal announced today. Subscribers of supported cable providers (a full list is available on the network's website) can log in to Syfy Now to watch full episodes of most Syfy shows, such as Defiance and The Wil Wheaton Project, the day after they air. Full seasons of some shows are available as well. The app also offers a selection of movies — including, for a limited time, the 2013 B-movie Sharknado and its sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, which debuted on Syfy last night. NBCUniversal also released its USA Now app on Xbox One today. Similarly to Syfy Now, the app features a mix of full seasons and...
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Sharknado: The Video Game lays waste to Manhattan, iOS, common sense

In our latest attempt to truly confound the aliens that are monitoring our planet, last night the people of America made some popcorn, snuggled up with their loved ones and delighted as tornados filled with sharks destroyed its most highly-populated city. Also, Biz Markie stabbed a shark. Last night's premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One left not only watery, sharkey rubble in its wake, but also an endless runner that's now available on iOS. The game, developed by Other Ocean of Dark Void Zero fame, features: Hitting sharks with a baseball bat Riding a shark in a tornado while killing other sharks with a chainsaw A dull, gnawing sense that human existence was supposed to amount to something more than this Microtransaction chum It is available now for $3.
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Gearbox fights back in Aliens suit, says it paid millions of its own cash to finish game

Attorneys for Gearbox Software this week filed requests to have four claims against the developer dropped in the class-action lawsuit which claimed it and Sega falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines. Another motion requests that the entire suit lose its class-action status.In the motion for partial summary judgement, filed with the Northern District of California court on Wednesday, attorneys for the developer argue that Gearbox shouldn't be included in the suit because it was a contractor and that Sega had final say on the game and its marketing. The filing also noted that Gearbox sunk millions of its own money into Aliens to finish the game. "Gearbox never belonged in this lawsuit," according to the motion. "Gearbox is a video game software developer.  It was neither the...
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Number of eSports tournaments in North America set to boom this year

The number of eSports tournaments held in North America jumped from 8,809 in 2011 to a projected 47,500 in 2014, according to Vancouver-based eSports platform Battlefy. Using publicly-available data, in-house developed algorithms and data from tournament organizers, Battlefy today released figures showing the growth in eSports tournaments, as well as the top 10 games played in tournaments since 2013. Riot Games' League of Legends topped the list with 7,565 tournaments held in 2013. This was followed by Valve's Dota 2 with 5,012 tournaments, the FIFA series with 4,919 tournaments and the Pokémon franchise with 3,606 tournaments. The complete list can be view below. Game (number of tournaments held in 2013)                League of Legends (7,565)                Dota 2 (5,012)        ...
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Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct coming Aug. 4

Nintendo will host a special Nintendo Direct video presentation focused on upcoming hack-and-slash game Hyrule Warriors, according to a tweet from its official account. The presentation will be broadcast through Nintendo's website on Monday, Aug. 4 at 11 p.m. ET and will feature new details on the Wii U title, which will launch in Japan on Aug. 14, Europe on Sept. 19 and in North America on Sept. 26. Hyrule Warriors, developed in collaboration with Tecmo Koei and created in the vein of the Dynasty Warriors games, features characters heralding from across The Legend of Zelda franchise duking it out and crunching through mobs of enemies. The current roster includes Link, Princess Zelda, Impa, new character Lana, Midna and Agitha from Twilight Princess, Fi from Skyward Sword, and...
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This leading U.K. publisher is fighting to continue on after HQ closure

Publishing label Mastertronic, one of the most established publishing labels in the U.K., is closing its headquarters in Cambridgeshire, England, company head Andy Payne confirmed in a recent post on Develop. Mastertronic, best known for publishing PC and console games including indie titles 10 Second Ninja and Richard & Alice, will also see a reduction of 40 percent of staff as the company leaves the physical games market. The company previously reached out to creditors earlier this year in an effort to receive support; however, one credit has since sued the publisher over repayment for a loan made in 2013. "To be taken to the brink of being wound up and then suddenly told we were being granted more time, stinks of brinkmanship and it has not impressed me or my remaining team all of...
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Capcom had no major releases this quarter but it's still not sinking, according to financial results

Capcom's latest results for the Q1 2015 financial year reveals an increase in operating income in the face of a quarter with no major releases. The company notes a drop in both sales and net income, which is offset by a rise in operating income based on repeat sales. Sales for this quarter were down 7.8 billion yen to 9.6 billion yen compared to the same period last year. Likewise, net income saw a drop of 63 million yen to 765 million yen. Operating income rose from 1.27 billion yen from last year's 723 million. "Although sales declined due to a lack of major titles, operating income increased on highly profitable repeat sales and cost reductions in each business segment," Capcom explained. Despite the quiet period, Capcom expects a significant boost later this year with the...
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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 in Q1 2014, Sony financials reveal

Sony's latest financial report reveals PlayStation consoles outsold Xbox systems three to one in Q1 2014. The company does not confirm how many PS3 and PS4 consoles were sold separately, stating only that combined sales totalled 3.5 million units in the first quarter of this year. Comparatively, last year the company saw sales of 1.1 million in the same pariod. Microsoft's financial report for this first quarter was announced last week, revealing total combined shipping figures for Xbox One and Xbox 360 sit at 1.1 million, meaning during the first three months of the financial year PlayStation outsold Xbox 3:1. Sony has also confirmed ¥257.5 billion (or roughly $2.5 billion) generated in sales from Sony's Games & Network Services division, which is attributed to the launch of the...
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PlayStation Now rentals cost $2.99 for four hours play, but everything could be changing

The PlayStation Now public beta for the PlayStation 4 kicks off on July 31, but the prices you'll see in the store are absolutely not locked in stone.They're one of the many things that Sony hopes to experiment with during the beta as it feels out what people are looking for and how much they'll pay for it, said Jack Buser, senior director of PlayStation Now. "We are going to be going into open beta on PS4 specifically for the rental aspect of the service," he said. "These are the early days, so we're always listening to feedback. Over time, new content and a lot of other changes will be based on feedback and usage we'll see in the beta." Already, the closed beta for the Gaikai-based video game streaming service has helped shape some of the service and what people will see when it's...
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Defiance game will continue, even if the Syfy TV show ends

When Defiance launched in 2013, it carried the promise of a cross-media franchise where TV was more deeply integrated into a game than we'd ever seen before. The game was introduced alongside a show on the NBC-owned channel Syfy, and, we were promised, things that happened in the game would impact the show and vice versa.Over a year has passed, and we're now in the midst of Defiance's second season — the TV show, that is. Both ratings and critical reactions are solid, and a third season renewal seems likely if not exactly guaranteed. But modern-day Syfy isn't particularly well-known for long-lasting shows. What happens to the game when the show inevitable comes to a conclusion? I posed this question to Defiance's current lead designer, Trick Dempsey, and he expressed confidence in the...
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Watch Dogs may be commuting to New Jersey this fall

Ubisoft's open-world action-hacking game Watch Dogs may be taking a trip to New Jersey this fall, based on information posted on the game's official Twitter account. "The city of Camden, New Jersey had the highest crime rate in the US in 2012. A 24/7 surveillance program is now in effect," Ubisoft tweeted on its Watch Dogs Twitter account. Responding to a fan who asked if that was in reference to downloadable content for the game, @watchdogsgame responded that it's coming this fall. In 2012, the FBI named Camden as the most violent city in the United States with a population of more than 50,000. It ranked first in homicides in 2011, based on its population of 77,000. Watch Dogs was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in May. A Wii U version is...
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Steam deals announced for Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity

Steam and Ubisoft have posted pre-purchase deals for two of the year's most anticipated big budget games, Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity. Anyone who buys Far Cry 4 on Steam, prior to its November launch, will receive Hurk's Redemption Missions consisting of 60 minutes of gameplay as well as three extra missions and an exclusive weapon. Far Cry 4 is a combat and exploration adventure, set in the Himalayas, featuring a returning native who comes up against a power-mad despot. Assassin's Creed Unity, scheduled for release in October, is set during the French Revolution and features the series' trademark traversal and fighting mechanics. Pre-order Steam bonuses include the Chemical Revolution Mission, Royal Arsenal Pack, Athos Duel Shir, Black Musketeer Breeches and Pappenheimer...
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Japanese console market down 16 percent

The Japanese games console market dipped 16 percent last year, according to a report by the country's Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association. According to CESA, as reported by analyst Serkan Toto, the market for console gaming (hardware and software combined) in Japan in 2013 reached $4 billion, down from $4.8 billion in 2012. Console hardware sales in 2013 were $1.5 billion, down from $1.9 billion the year before. In contrast, Japanese consumers are continuing their love affair with mobile games. According to CESA, which organizes the annual Tokyo Games Show, Japan's market for smartphone games reached $3.5 billion in 2013. CESA's console stats include mobile devices like Nintendo DS, which holds a 47 percent market share and PlayStation Vita (12 percent). PlayStation 4...
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Turns out, Sony doesn't much care for EA Access

Sony has responded to Electronic Arts' announcement of a subscription-based service for its Xbox One games, by claiming that the Netflix-style deal offers poor value. EA Access offers up a slew of EA games for one flat rate of $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually. Members can gain access to FIFA 14 (pictured), Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, via the service's beta, as well as discounts and early access offers. Must Read Owning games is coming to an end Like Microsoft, Sony offers its own subscription service to owners of its console. PlayStation Plus charges a subscription fee in return for access to certain full games and special offers. Sony is also preparing to launch PlayStation Now, a streaming service offering older games. The company said it was offered...
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Twitch starts streaming live music today

Live streaming service Twitch is broadening its broadcast horizons today. Primarily the domain of live video game streams of titles like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone and Minecraft, the company is expanding its offerings with live music. Twitch will host a live streamed performance by DJ and producer Steve Aoki today at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. Streamed from Ibiza, Spain, it will be Aoki's inaugural broadcast on Twitch. In a release, Twitch said the company greenlighted the live concert in response to feedback from its users. In a survey, more than 80 percent of Twitch viewers expressed interest in watching live music on Twitch, the company said. "We pride ourselves on listening to both the wants and needs of our community and then working to implement...
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Police investigating Comic-Con cosplay assault, photographer arrested

A 29-year-old cosplay photographer was arrested Sunday morning at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel in connection with the discovery of a bloodied and unconscious 17-year-old cosplayer in town for San Diego Comic-Con.Justin Kalior was arrested early Sunday morning, July 27, in the hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive, police told Polygon. He was booked into San Diego County Jail later that day on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a police press release. Kalior was not charged with assault and police have not clarified if they are looking for another suspect in the case, saying only that the investigation is ongoing. The girl, who turned 17 Sunday and whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, has...
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